The Hearthstone Standard Rotation in 2020 is just around the corner, so it's time to take a look at which sets are going to be making the transition to Wild! We'll be going over when the rotation will happen, how the standard rotation works, which sets are going to be rotating, and the most important cards that we'll be losing in the game!
The Standard rotation in Hearthstone is probably the most exciting event each year if you are slinging cards in the tavern. This generally brings big changes to the game as it takes a large amount of powerful cards that were previously featured in a lot of top tier decks out of the format. In most cases, we get a pretty fresh new meta to work with and it lets a lot of cards from the previous expansions to potentially shine. Cards that were not playable in the past can make a statement in this fresh new meta. This is also the point in the format with the least amount of cards to work with.
This time of year also gives us the potential for additions to the Hall of Fame. If you were unaware, each year Blizzard decides if certain cards from the Classic set should be rotated into the Hall of Fame. Cards in this set are no longer usable in the Standard format. We've seen cards such as, , and make the jump to this set in previous years.
Hearthstone Standard 2020 Rotation Date
We don't know the exact rotation date yet, but it will be on the same date that the first expansion of 2020 is released.
How the Standard Rotation Works
Once the first expansion of the year is announced and we get the release date we are on a countdown to the rotation. Cards that will head to the Hall of Fame will be announced. If you own any of those cards, you will be given a full dust refund for them up to a collectible amount and the highest quality. What this means is that if a Legendary card rotates, you will get 1,600 arcane dust if you own a normal version of it. If you own two of them, you will still only receive 1,600 dust. If you own a golden copy and a regular copy, you will receive dust for only the golden copy (3,200 arcane dust). If it's an Epic or lesser rarity you will get dust for two copies of what you own. If you own four of the cards and one of them is golden, you will get dust for a normal version and the golden version. Keep in mind that you get to keep the cards, so this dust is completely free. If you don't own the cards, you can craft them for free (you get the dust back once they give it out) and use them in Wild!
Once the new expansion is finally released, you will then no longer be able to use the three sets from 2018 in Standard.
Which Sets are Rotating in 2020?
So, that ultimately brings us to which sets are going to be rotating in the new year. Let's take a look at how each year breaks down, and then discuss which expansions are rotating out in 2020.
Year of the Dragon Sets
The Year of the Dragon kicked off on April 9th, 2019 with the release of Rise of Shadows.
- Descent of Dragons
- Saviors of Uldum
- Rise of Shadows
- Rastakhan's Rumble
- The Boomsday Project
- The Witchwood
The Classic and Basic sets are always going to be apart of Standard unless Blizzard makes a drastic change. That means there are the three sets from 2018 that are going to be removed: Rastakhan's Rumble, The Boomsday Project, and The Witchwood.